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Mar 5, 2014 09:24 AM

The new tone of chowhound


Just a few moments ago I posted this in regards to the serious nature of chow hound, and its demise to posters who would like a more cerebral experience: a poster stated they didn't come here for silliness or to be entertained.

This was my reply:

""" Bellachefa 32 minutes ago
Did you grow up in a home when children were to be seen but not heard at the dinner table. I grew up where food was hospitality, a celebration, entertainment. To not be silly, to not be entertaining, to not answer once again a question about lobster because it has been discussed already and we should just move on. . . well that way of thinking just doesn't click with me. Who decided that discussion of things on chow hound need be cerebral and serious? Certainly not the people that are rocking the food industry.

I will try to not entertain you or be silly. But alas, I will fail, because it is a most important part of all things chowish. Sitting down together, communicating, sharing ideas and dishes, and laughing, while entertaining and being entertained by others."""

So chowhounders. Is this a sequestered institution like an old new england boarding school for the brahmins to discuss food with seriousness and solemnity? Or is it a place to have a discussion, have some fun, and learn about the current food scene, trends, and ingredient based cooking ideas, with a bit of silliness added to the sauce?

There have also been comments about only helping hounders that help themselves. That doesn't sound very chowish to me.

There was a time I took timeouts because of over moderating and too many deletions. I think at this point the mods on board are doing ok and trying to balance fun with cerebral. I'm more likely to leave the boards now because of passive aggressive snakiness and cronyism that falls under the radar of the guidelines.

Why can't we have fun?

  1. Well, bella, I'll just recognize that you've opened a backdoor, and leave my foot in the jamb long enough for a brief note. The way I see it, I know lots, but I don't try to preach. Still, I ain't gonna live forever and anybody who thinks otherwise can plead their case at the Gates.

    1. I think the sound I just heard was Jacquilynne hurling herself off the roof of Chowhound's headquarters...

      4 Replies
      1. re: carolinadawg

        naw, she seems a pretty good egg with her head on straight and perhaps a guarded sense of humor.

        1. re: Bellachefa

          True, but riding herd over another "tone of chowhound" thread is not what she'd like to be doing, I'd guess.

        2. re: carolinadawg

          Dawg!?!?!?! You can be funny???? You might want to take this post down before you ruin your reputation!

          Poor Jacq.............If I knew where the Chow HQ was located I would have caught her.

          1. re: jrvedivici

            I'm funny as hell, I just know when and where to display it.

        3. This is a not-so-thinly-veiled attempt to start another thread on the heels of another that was just shut down for a good reason.
          I mean seriously, the body's not even cold yet! We've yet to mourn it's sad, yet inevitable and timely demise!
          Hasn't it been discussed to death? Is there nothing else to talk about? Can't some just move on?

          When the mods say, "Move on", move on!

          Like a dog with a bone...

          1 Reply
          1. re: monavano

            What's been discussed to death? 422 posts that took dips and dives into personal opinions does not make a subject closed. Just that thread that was taking on a new life. Shutting down a particular thread that was going off the rails does not mean that discussion is not warranted. IMHO

          2. CH isn't a forum specifically for people in the food industry. So I don't see why that culture should be a definer of posting style here. And yes I used to work in "the industry".

            1. We just locked a discussion about this a few minutes ago, and we don't think it's a good idea to start one up again so soon. Sorry, but we're locking this one, as well.